Research Reports

Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2015

Posted on November 29, 2016
Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2015

Statewide Election Recounts, 2000 - 2015 examines statewide election recount outcomes and practices in the United States, using data from the decade of elections taking place in the years 2000 to 2015 to determine how often they occur, how often they change outcomes, how much vote totals change and how these figures vary with the size of the electorate.

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Gender Parity on the Eve of the 2016 Election

Posted on November 04, 2016
Gender Parity on the Eve of the 2016 Election

The State of Women's Representation on the Eve of the 2016 Election reflects on America's slow progress toward gender parity in elective office and explores how each state is performing.

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RCV and candidate spending

Posted on October 12, 2016
RCV and Candidate Spending

This report summarizes the preliminary findings of a study into the impact of the introduction of ranked choice voting (RCV) on candidate spending in city elections in the Bay Area of California.

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The Impact of Ranked Choice Voting on Representation

Posted on September 12, 2016
The Impact of Ranked Choice Voting on Representation

This study examines the effect of ranked choice voting (RCV) on women and people of color running for elected office in the California Bay Area. The findings of the study reveal that RCV increases descriptive representation for women, people of color, and women of color. Some reasons for RCV’s positive effects can be related to how often it replaces low, unrepresentative, turnout elections and that it allows for multiple candidates appealing to the same community to run without splitting the vote.

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Monopoly Politics 2016

Posted on August 12, 2016
Monopoly Politics 2016

In Monopoly Politics 2016 FairVote explores the extent, causes and remedies to the lack of competition and partisan fairness in U.S. House elections and the increasing polarization of members elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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RCV and Political Engagement

Posted on August 02, 2016
RCV and Political Engagement

Haley Smith explores different aspects of political engagement, showing that, in RCV cities, candidates are more likely to reach out to voters in-person and voters are more likely to discuss politics with their families, friends and co-workers than in cities that do not use RCV.

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Fixing Gerrymandering in Washington

Posted on January 08, 2016
Fixing Gerrymandering in Washington

Fixing GerrymanderingWashington state has long suffered from noncompetitive congressional elections. It has experienced one of the longest incumbent winning streaks in the nation: no U.S. House incumbent has lost in Washington since 1998. 

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